I love oatmeal cookies, as long as there aren’t any raisins in them. I really, really don’t like raisins. Also, cooked raisins are just not good to me. I have a really great oatmeal cookie recipe today, with no raisins. I’m sure if you like them you could add them, but they will never be added to my cookies and if you bring me cookies with raisins, I will pick them out. These particular cookies also don’t have any white sugar added. They are also quite moist, so they are extra good. My grown kids and my grandkids love them. It’s so nice to get them to eat something with a little less sugar and a little more nutrition, although I recognize that these are still cookies.
For these particular cookies I use cinnamon chips. They are like chocolate chips, only cinnamon. I’m told they are in the regular stores, but I purchase mine at a place called Prepared Pantry. The link is here if you are interested. They are really nice, high quality chips. They have a storefront in Rigby, Idaho or you can buy online.
This first picture is a picture of all of the ingredients I used. There are a lot of them, but as I said before, they are great cookies. I also would add Chia seeds, but I didn’t this time because I was making them for a church activity and wasn’t sure if I should or not. I erred on the side of caution.
First you put the butter, brown sugar and honey in a mixing bowl and mix for about 4 minutes. You want to make sure the ingredients are good and mixed and very creamy, so use the whole 4 minutes.
This pictures shows what the ingredients will look like after the 4 minutes. Nice, huh?!
Next you add the eggs, one at a time and then the rest of the ingredients, as stated below.
After you add the spices, beat very fast to ensure they are incorporated well. When you have everything mixed, it will look like the picture below.
About 12 years ago a friend told me to put my cookie dough in the refrigerator for an hour or so before baking them. It helps them to rise better. I have been doing this ever since then. It seems to do the trick.
Scoop them onto a baking sheet covered with parchment paper or a Silpat mat. I have never actually used a Silpat mat, but they look interesting, so I think I might get one when I run out of my current supply of paper. I love the idea of not creating more waste and of never running out of paper.
The finished product. Seriously, they are really good and not so sweet they hurt your teeth.
Cinnamon Spiced Oatmeal Cookies
makes approximately 8 dozen cookies
1 cup very packed brown sugar
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 3/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 Tbsp vanilla
1 1/4 cups oats (not fast cooking)
11/2 cups cinnamon chips
1/2 cup chia seeds
Cream the butter, brown sugar and honey for 3 minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl and the beater and beat for another minute. Do not under beat this mix. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each egg.
Mix in the baking soda, baking powder, salt and flour (1 cup at a time). Mix well. Add the applesauce, vanilla, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix very fast to incorporate the spices.
Mix in the oats and chia seeds. Add the cinnamon chips and beat until just mixed.
Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Bake on parchment covered baking sheets at 350* for 10 minutes. Cool on wire rack before storing.
Posted by Kathleen
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